Southern Book Tour

Contact: Andy Munchin
Telephone: (601) 362-6357

For immediate release.


Noted Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will tour four communities in Alabama and Tennessee to speak about his new book, And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning, which focuses on English translations of the Hebrew Bible.

Hoffman’s tour, coordinated by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, will put him in front of Christian, Jewish, and mixed audiences in Dothan, Montgomery, Huntsville, and Knoxville.

In And God Said, Hoffman contends that English translations of the Hebrew Bible are not just misleading but in some cases inaccurate. The book tackles the Ten Commandments, the description of the “virgin” birth and the surprisingly modern message in the Song of Solomon.

Hoffman of Westchester, N.Y., is an expert in translation, Hebrew, and the Bible. He holds a doctorate in linguistics and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the chief translator for the 10-volume series My People’s Prayer Book (winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and My People’s Passover Haggadah (both from Jewish Lights Publishing). He is the author of the critically acclaimed In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language, from NYU Press.

Signed books will be available for sale at each event.

For more information about And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning contact St. Martin’s Press Publicist Joseph Rinaldi: 646/307-5565 or For more information about the tour, contact ISJL Director of Programming Andy Muchin: (601) 362-6357 or

Hoffman also has a book tour planned for the New York metropolitan area, and events scheduled in Massachusetts and Florida.


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